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Frank Stoltze was born and raised in Santa Barbara, where his father taught him how to body surf and golf and his mother showed him how to tell a good story.

Frank graduated from Southern Methodist University with Doak Walker and started his radio career in San Luis Obispo, cutting his teeth covering Diablo Canyon and the Monarch Butterfly grove. He went to work for KLON (now KKJZ) in Long Beach in 1991 and covered the riots before becoming news director at KPFK, where he learned who Noam Chomsky is.

Frank joined KPCC in 2000 and loves its downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.


Stories by Frank Stoltze

Group campaigns for California constitutional convention

A group called Repair California is campaigning for a state constitutional convention to address myriad problems facing the golden state. One of the group's biggest backers is the Bay Area Council, a San Francisco based business group that includes Google. Governor Schwarzenegger is said to back the effort too. Repair California is holding a series of town halls across California, the latest in Los Angeles this weekend. John Grubb spoke with KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Group holds town halls to promote constitutional convention

The Repair California organization brings its campaign for a state constitutional convention to Los Angeles this weekend.

LA cuts funding for well-known anti-gang program

The city of Los Angeles has decided to withdraw funding from a well-known anti-gang organization in South L.A. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Father Boyle talks tough as economy hits Homeboy

L.A.'s Homeboy Industries, which gets gang members out of gangs by giving them jobs, has taken some big funding hits. In a very frank interview for Off-Ramp, Homeboy's founder, Father Greg Boyle, told KPCC's Frank Stoltze he may have to kiss goodbye a huge amount of money the state owes Homeboy. Boyle also calls out the city and county for using Homeboy's services, like tattoo removal, without paying for them. He told Frank he's worried Homeboy may have to cut back on some of its services if it can't raise more money.

Presiding judge discusses court closings

Most functions of Los Angeles County superior courts closed down Wednesday. Because of likely state budget cuts, Presiding Judge Tim McCoy ordered the court’s employees to take the day off without pay on the third Wednesday of each month. The court’s only handling emergencies, like requests for restraining orders in domestic violence cases. In an interview with KPCC’s Frank Stoltze, McCoy said L.A. County has the largest local court system in the country.

US attorney general visits LA

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is visiting Southern California.

LA County courts close for a day

Los Angeles County superior courts mostly closed Wednesday. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says the presiding judge ordered court employees to take the day off without pay - and one day each month- because of impending state budget cuts.

LA County courts close for 1 day each month

Most Los Angeles County Superior courts are closed today in response to impending state budget cuts.

Senator Boxer raises big money for battle with Fiorina

As she faces what she describes as a “tough” re-election campaign next year, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer already has raised more than $5 million for the race. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

LA mayor says city should pay for Jackson memorial

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Monday that the city should bear the public safety costs of the Michael Jackson memorial. Villaraigosa was out of town during the memorial. His comments were his first on the matter since he returned. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LAPD chief worries about governor's release plan

Southern California law enforcement officials are expressing concerns about Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan to release prison inmates early. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says the governor’s plan is designed to save the state $400 million.

LA city attorney investigates Jackson memorial costs

Newly elected Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is seeking to show his muscle at City Hall as he vows to investigate the city’s role in the Michael Jackson memorial. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

LAPD targets Toonerville Gang in Atwater

LAPD Chief Bill Bratton Thursday announced the arrest of 19 members of one of the city’s most violent gangs. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says police suspect four of them of murder.

LAPD cracks down on notorious Toonerville gang

Los Angeles police arrested 19 members of one of the city’s most violent street gangs today. The Toonerville gang operated in the Chevy Chase Park and Glendale areas.

Debate grows over Jackson memorial costs

Debate grew Wednesday over the cost of the Michael Jackson memorial to the city of Los Angeles. The city controller blasted the cost of box lunches for officers assigned to the event as the city attorney promised an investigation. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.